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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Which pickup position for Surf?

Deep

K..K...K...Katmandu!

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Apr 26th, 2016 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What pickup positions are Surf players favorite playing a Strat? Are you all mostly on the bridge or the middle or somewhere else?

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Apr 26th, 2016 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use middle.

L. Nedmundo

Philadelphia

Apr 26th, 2016 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Last summer I saw Dick Dale and Los Straightjackets, who both used their bridge pickups primarily. I'm not sure Los Straightjackets used any other position.

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Apr 28th, 2016 06:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Will use bridge on a select song or two (like maybe "Hawaii 5-0") but middle 98% of the time.

DrKev

Irishman in Paris

Forget Tone - go with Note Choice
Apr 29th, 2016 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bridge pickup, or, the bridge and neck combination for the jaguar/jazz master surf tones. Personally, I like running a spring reverb (e.g. pedal or outboard unit) in front of a lightly distorted amp.

Hammond101
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Apr 29th, 2016 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I modded the Strats I play surf with so I have neck/bridge. I use that most of the time. The rest I'm on the bridge only.

I highly recommend the add bridge to neck mod for surf music on a Strat. Much thicker than bridge only on nice melodic pieces. Very JM and Jag like.

Morgenholz

Indiana/USA

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.
Apr 30th, 2016 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The older I get, the more I dig the middle pickup, but I gotta admit that I like the way a bridge plus neck, if you're wired that way, sounds.

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Sep 27th, 2017 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it's surf, I'll follow Eddie Angel's lead and stay on the bridge.

57hbcrs/57ri

USA NY

Dec 23rd, 2017 09:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

yes, bridge position.

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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Dec 24th, 2017 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Generally any position works as long as it is dripping wet with reverb.

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Bogue Falaya River

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Feb 1st, 2018 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So, Hammond101, tell us more about the mod to get the Strat to have the bridge and neck pickups together. Is it strictly DIY, or is it common for a guitar shop to do this for you?

The thing is, I like the sound of the neck and bridge pickups together. And I like the feel of a Stratocaster (as well as the sound of its neck pickup).

Fender offers Strats with an S-1 Switch that can sound all three pickups together, but not the bridge and neck together w/o the middle.

Thanks

Hammond101
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Feb 1st, 2018 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do all my own work so no shop was involved.

I use a push/pull switch pot or more recently push/push switch pots. The pot is wired same as stock. A wire from each of the neck and bridge PU leads runs from the selector switch to the switch and they are wired to the normally open legs of the switch.

Pull the switch out with the selector in the neck or bridge position and you have neck bridge. If you engage your switch in selector switch position 2 of 4 (quack)you have all three PUs.

The push/push switch is wired exactly the same way. The difference is you push the switch to turn it on, push the switch to turn it off. These are actually easier to operate on the fly.

I have two Am Dlx Strats and I ripped the funky S1 out of both of them.

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Bogue Falaya River

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Feb 1st, 2018 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, thanks Hammond!

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Feb 1st, 2018 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I second Hammond's bridge-neck recommendation. I used a mini switch on two self-assembled Strats instead of a push pull pot and it works like a charm and sounds great. When I play my other Strats I sometimes wish they were wired the same way, but two is enough.

Hammond101
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Feb 2nd, 2018 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A while back I built a Gilmour Strat out of a Fender FSR guitar. This one got a mini toggle switch mounted to a custom bracket held in place by the volume and center tone pot shafts. The switch sits right between the selector switch and the pots.

Routing the pickguard is a bit more stressful than drilling a hole for a toggle however you only have the top of the switch lever sticking through the guard. I like the clean look.

Mini Toggle

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